Quotations About / On:
The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons, but it is conclusively powerful and effective only in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.
(Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), March 9, 1949, vol. 94, part 2, 80th Congress, 2nd session, p. 1, GPO (1948).
In defense of Truman Doctrine.)
If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1854).)
The sun of a prince's good graces resembles that in the skies in that it shines most kindly upon the blackest people.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811-1816).)
Everything that ever walked or crawled on the face of the earth, swum the depths of the ocean or soared through the skies left its imprint here.
(Robert M. Fresco, and Jack Arnold. Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar), Tarantula, Looking out at the desert. (1955).)
It is painful to be told that anything is very fine and not be able to feel that it is finesomething like being blind, while people talk of the sky.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Dorothea Brooke Casaubon, the heroine of Middlemarch, ch. 21 (1871-1872).
About art criticism.)
The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
Manhattan has no choice but the skyward extrusion of the Grid itself; only the Skyscraper offers business the wide-open spaces of a man-made Wild West, a frontier in the sky.
(Rem Koolhaas (b. 1944), Dutch architect. Delirious New York, "The Double Life of Utopia: The Skyscraper," p. 72, Oxford University Press (1978).)
Bible worship, though at its best it may achieve sublimity by keeping its head in the skies, may also make itself both ridiculous and dangerous by having its feet off the ground.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published as The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (1932). The Black Girl in Search of God, preface, The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales, Constable (1948).)
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
(Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Pelagea Vlasova, in The Mother, sc. 10.)
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, ch. 1 (1989).)